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Anapana versus Vipassana Meditation in Goenka style

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Anapana versus Vipassana Meditation in Goenka style

Postby redmaverick » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:37 am

My mind has a natural inclination towards Anapana.

I can do Anapana meditation effortlessly but am finding it strenuous to do body scanning continuously. I usually do initial 15 minutes of Anapana and then do some body scanning from top to bottom and bottom to top twice each and then take rest in Anapana for a while then do another set of Vipassana. I conclude the rest of the meditation with Anapana.

Should I try to decrease Anapana and then struggle to continuously do Vipassana. I want to maximize the efficiency of the meditation process.

Also during body scanning at retreat, I was able to somehow scan inside the body to a certain extent. Now at home I am just scanning at the surface level. Should I make an attempt to go inside my body or should I only do that once I have a very strong level of concentration?

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Re: Anapana versus Vipassana Meditation in Goenka style

Postby Babadhari » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:49 am

hi

i only practice anapana at present but from what i remember i believe you should start scanning internally when there are no strong sensations left on the surface of the body.
it been a few years since my Goenke retreat so im sure someone else here will have more thorough advise for you
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Re: Anapana versus Vipassana Meditation in Goenka style

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Re: Anapana versus Vipassana Meditation in Goenka style

Postby Monkey Mind » Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:31 am

The best advice is to contact the center where you sat the 10-day and ask these questions. An assistant teacher will respond.

Also, check out the Q & A section of the old student website. Similar questions are posed there.
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Re: Anapana versus Vipassana Meditation in Goenka style

Postby Mkoll » Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:09 am

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: Anapana versus Vipassana Meditation in Goenka style

Postby redmaverick » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:42 pm

I don't think I remember the AT name for the vipassana course. I will contact the center and see if I can get hold of the email address. It's good to know that Anapana was spoken highly of by Buddha. I have no idea what the four frames of reference even mean. I will google and find out.

Thanks for the practical advice folks!

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Re: Anapana versus Vipassana Meditation in Goenka style

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Re: Anapana versus Vipassana Meditation in Goenka style

Postby Auguste » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:16 pm

I wonder why some great monks like Ajahn Brahm or Ven Webu Sayadaw (who was friend with Saya Gyi U Ba Khin) instruct Anapana only and Goenka think the body scan is the primordial way to reach nibanna.. what are your thoughts about it ?

It confuses me sometimes, having done a Goenka retreat and reading Ajahn Brahm.. I don't know if I should do body scan or focus on the breath.

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Re: Anapana versus Vipassana Meditation in Goenka style

Postby Auguste » Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:04 pm

Thank you. :)


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